A new VW Group electric car expected to surpass the 200-mile benchmark will be rolled out in 2019, according to VW brand chief Herbert Diess.
More specifically, Diess told German publication Wirtschafts Woche that the all-electric car will travel between 400 to 600 kilometers (about 250 to 373 miles) on a single charge.
What’s not specific is what this will mean for U.S. mile estimates under the more-strict U.S. EPA test protocols. The German automaker’s forecast is believed to be based on European NEDC estimates, and a report by Inside EVs suggests this might translate to EPA ratings from 300 to 450 km (185 to 280 miles), though ultimately, this will need to be determined.
Diess said the new electric car will have the exterior size of a VW Golf with the internal space of a VW Passat. The automaker may be following General Motors’ lead with the upcoming Chevy Bolt, where interior space is opening up with removal of gas-engine components such as a center drivetrain box.
Long-range all-electric cars are expected to be a pivotal selling point for automakers in the near future, as evidenced by a recent Automotive Engineering interview with Daimler executive Anke Kleinschmit. Rolling out a large electric vehicle with 311 miles of battery range is a big part of Daimler’s ambitious electrified car strategy, Kleinschmit said. The 311-mile range was likely measured by Daimler under the more-liberal European NEDC test cycle.
The new electric car will be part of Volkswagen Group’s electrification initiative in the wake of the diesel car emissions cheating scandal. The automaker’s goal is to launch 30 new all-electric vehicles by 2025.
Diess suggested that other all-electric models will be built on the same modular platform as the long-range midsize car. That could include an SUV for city driving, a coupe, and a small delivery van derived from the BUDD-e concept. The successor to the high-end Phaeton will follow these other new model launches, he said.